General Assembly votes for 23rd time to end Cuba blockade

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A view of the voting panel in the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

A resolution calling to end the United States' economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba has been adopted almost unanimously by the UN General Assembly.

188 Member States voted in favour, the United States and Israel voted against.

Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained.

This is the twenty-third consecutive resolution of its kind, which urges laws imposing sanctions to be repealed.

The Permanent Representative from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Inga Rhonda King, said there is no other example of the international community speaking so overwhelmingly and consistently.

The embargo remains stubbornly in place and its negative impact has intensified. The embargo has been and continues to be a violation of international law. It is contrary to the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines takes the floor to reemphasize our deeply held conviction that the ongoing embargo is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the rights of an entire people.

The embargo against Cuba has been in place since 1960.

According to the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, the accumulated economic damages amount to more than $1 trillion.

Meanwhile, the United States insists that Cuba uses the yearly General Assembly vote as what it described as an “attempt to shift blame” for economic problems it is experiencing.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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